Whole notes for measures with unusual time signatures

• Apr 1, 2021 - 23:31

Is there any way to use whole notes to occupy a measure with a time signature that's not 4/4 (in the same way whole rests occupy an empty measure no matter the time signature).
I have a tied whole note carrying over from a 4/4 measure to a 7/8 measure, but I want to use whole notes instead of the double dotted half notes in the measures with the new time signature.
Any ideas?


A whole rest covers only 4/4, don't confuse it with a full measure rest.
They look the same but are at different positions, the full measure rest is centered, the full rest is not.
And there's no full measure note.

In reply to by harbinger

Right, MuseScore is in the business of making standard notation easy to enter first and foremost, and secondarily to keep people from accidentally doing non-standard things like ending up in a situation where you have a whole note in a 3/4 measure. That's something that probably musician on earth would understand the way that might have intended. Most would see it as a temporary nonnotated change 4/4 and just hold it four beats. There are some semi0-standard cases where this is a thing, but again, it means something different - a way of notating a four beat note that takes three in this measure, spilling over one beat into the next, and is just the same as a dotted half tied to a quarter. That was common in early Renaissance music, so we do have a special style setting to allow that, marked "experimental" because it's not something that gets used enough to feel well-tested, but basically seems to work.

Anyhow, we also do try to provide controls that allow people to invent their own non-standard notation where desired. Among these tools are the ability to change the notehead for a note (making a half appear as a whole) and to hide individual subcomponents of notes like stems, flags, dots, etc. Also the ability to overlay a notehead with a custom symbol (one from the Symbols palette, or your own graphic).

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